Maria Rusca is a researcher in Water and Society. Her work focuses on the politics of urban waters, large water infrastructures and hydrological extremes in various geographical contexts and at different scales. She takes an interdisciplinary approach to further understandings of uneven distribution of disaster risk and inequalities in access to basic services, and how these are experienced. She was PI of INHAbIT cities and UNHIDE, focused on the dynamics of urban waters in sub-Saharan Africa.


Hydrobiologist, Directeur de recherche emeritus at IRD (French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development) and member of the French Academy of Agriculture.

Dipak Gyawali is a hydropower engineer-political economist, an academician with Nepal Academy of Science and Technology and used to chair Nepal Water Conservation Foundation. He was Nepal's minister for water resources in 2002/2003.

Gabrielle Bouleau is a political scientist at INRAE, France. Her research focuses on environmental politices and the greening of policies in France, Europe and the US. She documents how new environmental issues reach the agenda and how they result into new political decisions, new compentences and new indicators.

Shammy Puri - has over 45 years of experience in most aquifer typologies. He has worked with over 30 national governments on their investment planning for water / environment priorities, giving him an in depth perspective on the global status of these resources. His present work is to inspire sustainable solutions through practical hydrogeology.

Jude Cobbing is a consulting groundwater hydrologist with 20+ years' experience. He holds an MSc in hydrogeology from London University and a PhD in groundwater governance from Nelson Mandela University in South Africa. Jude has worked in South Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.

François Molle is a senior researcher at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), France. He as 35 years of experience in water management, water governance and water policies, especially in Brazil, the Middle-East/Northern Africa and Southeast-Asia. He is co-editor of Water Alternatives.

Dr Karim Eid-Sabbagh is an independent researcher and documentary filmmaker based in Lebanon. His research focuses on political ecology, imperialism and sovereign development, water resource management, and agrarian transformation in social formations of the Global South.

Ana Elisa Cascão is an independent consultant and researcher working in the field of transboundary water politics. Ana is one of the co-editors/authors of the book “The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and the Nile Basin: Implications for Transboundary Water Cooperation” (2019), among many other publications on Nile hydropolitics.

David A McDonald is Professor of Global Development Studies at Queen’s University in Canada, and Director of the Municipal Services Project.


Doug holds a PhD in Anthropology. He has over 40 years of experience in applied research, consulting, program design and evaluation and other services related to natural resources management, and especially water management. He has lived in India (2 years), Pakistan (4 years), Sri Lanka (17 years), Indonesia (9 months), Egypt (9 months), and South Africa (10 years); and made shorter working visits to many other Asian and African countries. His career began with 18 months of field research on irrigation management in a small village in Pakistan. He subsequently worked for over 20 years at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), where he held several senior positions including Deputy Director General of Programs and the founding Director for Africa. Since 2008, he has worked as an independent consultant for many international institutions and consulting firms. He has numerous publications, many reflecting his substantial interdisciplinary experience. He is a Global Fellow at the Robert B Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska and is the Associate Editor for the “Dissensus Form” of the free online journal Water Alternatives. Doug now lives in Gainesville, Florida, USA.